What you should know before hiring a car in Hanover
|Hanover city centre
|Hannover Airport (HAJ): 11 km from city centre
Where to rent a car in Hanover?
Located in the north German state of Lower Saxony, of which it is the capital, Hanover is known both for its history and its trade fairs. Popular attractions in Hanover include the New Town Hall, the Herrenhausen Gardens and the Lower Saxony State Museum. The city is served by Hannover Airport, which operates both international and domestic flights; as well as Hannover Hauptbahnhof train station, which offers connections to the rest of Germany. From the airport, travelers can choose to take the train or bus into the city center; taxis are also available. However, why not rent a car to explore the city and the surrounding areas on your own timetable? Car rental companies including Europcar, Flizzr, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Hertz all have desks at Hannover Airport.
Driving in Hanover: parking and other tips
Thanks to its location in Germany, visitors renting a car in Hanover will want to follow German road rules. Drive on the right, wear a seatbelt at all times, and don't drink and drive – the legal blood alcohol limit in Germany is 0.05%. As an urban area, the speed limit in much of Hanover is likely to be 50km/h unless otherwise stated on road signs. Outside the city, the speed limit is usually 100km/h on open roads; and a recommended 130km/h on the Autobahn (although there is often no legal limit).
Looking for a parking space in Hanover? Limited on street parking is available, while there are also a number of parking lots around the city which allow for a longer stay. Rates for parking can vary, with on-street parking ranging from €0.25/30 min to €0.90/30 min; and parking lot charges ranging from €1.20-2.00/hour.
Road trips from Hanover
Located in Lower Saxony, Hanover boasts proximity to a number of Germany's most interesting cities. With its well-maintained roads, including the high-speed "Autobahns", driving from city to city in Germany is both easy and efficient. Explore some of the country's most popular destinations by rental car with these three road trips from Hanover.
Around 178 miles east of Hanover by road stands the German capital city of Berlin. The drive takes around three hours, making this a possible day trip from Hanover; however, to make the most of a road trip to Berlin, plan at least a couple days. Known for its street art, nightlife and checkered past, Berlin is a city to suit a range of travel tastes. Landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate; the Reichstag; and the centrally located Potsdamer Platz are popular attractions in Berlin. Meanwhile, those wishing to learn more about the city's recent history should visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe; the Berlin Wall; and Checkpoint Charlie.
The city of Hamburg is located around 94 miles north of Hanover and is one of Germany's largest cities. Located on the Elbe River, the city is home to attractions such as the Miniatur Wunderlad; the Kunsthalle Hamburg art museum; and St. Nicholas' Church. Be sure to visit the Speicherstadt area of the city (a vast complex of warehouses which boasts status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) before relaxing in the beautiful Planten un Blomen park.
Located on the Weser River, the city of Bremen can be reached in under one and a half hours by car from Hanover, thanks to a drive of around 79 miles. With a history as an important trading city, today visitors can learn about Bremen's past at museums such as the Bremer Geschichtenhaus, an interactive museum in which the city's history is told by actors. Also in Bremen, visit the Rhododendron-Park Bremen; the Town Hall and the Bremen Roland statue; and the Bremen Cathedral.